The way people are traveling today is a far cry from what it used to be. Yet, it hasn’t stopped travellers to look for new ways to escape, relax, take a break, and refresh.
So, while plenty of places have been forced to close their doors, others are opening amid a new surge of optimism tempered by caution and experience in the “new normal” for hospitality. Take, for instance, the following selection of hotels that we’ve gathered, which have started welcoming new guests looking for new hideaways and sanctuaries of bliss…
Sheraton Hotels continues to expand in Indonesia with the opening of Sheraton Belitung Resort. Nestled between pristine white-silica sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush greenery, the new resort is the first 5-star hotel on the island. Located within a wildlife reserve, the new 164-room hotel sets itself as the new gathering place for travellers to immerse themselves amidst nature’s splendour.
The hotel features 164 spacious guestrooms and suites that offer captivating ocean, lagoon or garden views. The Guestrooms are designed according to the local environment with decorations like fishing nets, crab baskets and furniture made of natural materials such as wood and granite stone. As an eco-friendly resort, Sheraton Belitung is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, and conversing energy by using environmentally friendly materials.
The resort also has three distinctive dining outlets that will delight guests with a wide variety of culinary experiences. Located on the beachfront is Island Restaurant, an all-day-dining venue that offers a delectable spread of international and local delicacies. Seafood Market Restaurant features long dining tables where guests can enjoy the catch of the day directly from local fishermen. Blue Lagoon lounge and bar is an ideal spot for guests to enjoy locally inspired cocktails and light bites with a mesmerizing ocean view. For guests looking to relax and enjoy spa treatments, Shine Spa features an extensive menu and uses only the finest ingredients from local plantations.
A cosmopolitan urban sanctuary and brand-new trendy hub in an iconic neighbourhood where business meets leisure, Pullman Bandung Grand Central is nestled in one of Bandung’s most prestigious historical neighbourhoods. The hotel is surrounded by renowned tourist attractions, corporate offices and is just minutes away from a sophisticated shopping avenue. Pullman Bandung offers its guests a premium, hyper-connected experience. Inspired by the lure of West Java, the hotel boasts 279 rooms and suites outfitted with Pullman’s high-quality bedding and Pullman’s extensive pillow menu. All rooms are adorned with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the stunning city views. High tech solutions, including a smart television system and high-speed Wi-Fi, are available 24/7 for guests to stay connected.
For gourmets, Pullman Bandung Grand Central serves the best produce that Bandung has to offer, bringing guests a gastronomical experience straight from an organic farm and locally sourced produce. Sadrasa Kitchen & Bar presents an innovative space designed for savouring traditional favourites. Meanwhile, at T-BOX Lounge, guests can enjoy local pastries and trendy beverages. For indulgent evenings, stylish and edgy steakhouse Mad Cow Wine & Grill offers prime meats and wines with expansive views of the city from above. Stay at the top of your game with the exceptional facilities, such as the Power Fitness gym, a place where guests can unleash their athletic energy.
A family-owned sustainable hideaway, Nirjhara opened its door in Tabanan on Bali’s southwest coast. Artfully designed around the spectacular cascading waterfall after which it is named, and surrounded by lush forest and boundless rice fields, Nirjhara blends seamlessly into nature. The new property promises to offer guests a secluded and environmentally conscious haven, just a stone’s throw from the island’s volcanic sand beaches, must-see Tanah Lot Temple and popular towns of Canggu and Ubud.
Nirjhara was born from the idea to create a truly sustainable hotel that nurtured its surroundings, both environmentally and socially. With 25 suites and villas – including the seven playful treehouse Canopy Suites, that offer unrivalled waterfall, river, jungle or rice paddy views – Nirjhara has been constructed to make as little impact on the environment as possible, with exteriors using reclaimed hevea wood, natural stone and traditional sirap roofing.
Those looking for wellness treatments can find it at The Retreat at Nirjhara that celebrates age-old healing practices and rituals, with a diverse spa menu offering everything from sound healing and reiki, to massages, body scrubs and reflexology, incorporating natural products sourced throughout the island. Nirjhara also has The Shala, a riverside bamboo-clad yoga pavilion overlooking the magnificent waterfall, designed by award-winning eco-architects Ibuku. The Shala’s sustainable bamboo structure sports organic curves which complement the surroundings, and provides the ultimate tranquillity to enjoy complimentary yoga and meditation sessions led by local experts.
Marking the entry of the vibrant Andaz brand into Indonesia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation opens Andaz Bali. Offering a contemporary take on the traditional Balinese village and its way of life, Andaz Bali is located in the heart of Sanur, a charming seaside village known for its old-world charm, picturesque beaches and spectacular sunrises. Designed by the Bangkok-based Tierra Design and Spin Design Studio in Tokyo, Andaz Bali features 149 rooms, including 18 Garden Villas and four Beach Villas arranged in a series of courtyards to create a sense of discovery as guests move through the resort. The rooms, suites and villas are designed in contemporary Balinese style, using locally sourced materials such as bamboo, andesite stone, marble and teak. Each room comes with a private balcony overlooking the garden, ocean or lagoon. Steps from the beach, the two-bedroom Beach Villa comes with a verdant outdoor terrace for intimate gatherings and barbecues, a spacious living room, a swimming pool and in-villa check-in.
Andaz Bali offers distinct culinary venues inspired by the lively and fun dining culture in Indonesia. The resort’s signature restaurant, Fisherman’s Club, is a modern take on a Jimbaran seafood dining experience with a sophisticated beach club ambience. Meanwhile, Village Square takes inspiration from the shophouses in Denpasar’s Chinatown and features four intertwining restaurants with a private dining room and guestroom. Diners are welcome to sit wherever they like and order as they wish, be it Asian fare and Indonesian favourites from Wok Wok, fresh meat from the grill at Fire Fox, roasts from the eponymous Blue Oven or coffee and desserts from Deli & Bakery.
From the first moment of stepping inside Ulaman Eco Retreat, guests will discover a tropical paradise. Located at Kaba-Kaba Village, just 30 minutes away from Canggu and Ubud, Ulaman Eco Retreat is surrounded by untouched jungle forests, rice fields and spectacular landscapes. Aiming to reconnect guests with Mother Nature without sacrificing luxury or the comfort of the modern world, Ulaman Eco Retreat provides the space, sanctuary and silence to unwind while offering luxurious amenities and impeccable service at the same time.
Ulaman also offers a 360 Holistic Retreat Experience by providing curated and personalised activities – both indoor and outdoor – designed to elevate the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being in the most natural setting. From yoga, meditation, and spa to trekking, hiking and cycling through the surrounding forest, waterfalls and villages, it is a perfect eco-luxury hideaway guaranteed to leave guests feeling renewed and invigorated at the end of their stay.
Another highlight of the retreat is Ulaman’s custom-curved Infinity Saltwater Pool which oversees the Ulaman river. It is uniquely equipped with sea-salt water, known to do wonders for hydration, skin condition and the immune system. Finally, overlooking Ulaman Eco Retreat with a spectacular 360 view, the in-house E.A.R.TH Restaurant invites guests to a delightful gastronomic journey where nature’s finest ingredients meet prestigious culinary craftsmanship to create the best version of modern fusion-style cuisine.
When others were closing their doors, Sumba’s newest barefoot luxury wellness escape, Alamayah, opened in April for guests seeking a holistic holiday retreat. Designed to be completely removed from the weight of the world, Alamayah is tucked away in a remote jungle beachside village in Sumba, home to one of the last flourishing prehistoric tribes on earth. Guests can enjoy a healing journey inward and find solace in an environment which prioritizes health and wellness, where the air, food and energy are pure, clean and restorative. In this journey of reconnection, guests can immerse themselves in an elevated environment where health is nurtured holistically. With wellness as a pillar of the Alamayah way, guests are treated to a restorative experience, with a daily farm-to-table breakfast, non-alcoholic Medicinal Mixology, and access to Alamayah’s holistic spa and fitness centre.
Featuring six private luxury suites, Alamayah ensures that each visit is an intimate and exclusive one. Alamayah has also curated a farm-to-table Conscious Cuisine, a menu that embodies health and sustainability both ethically and environmentally, showcasing fresh and seasonal ingredients from the local village of Kerewe, Alamayah’s permaculture garden and beyond to nourish every guest inside and out.